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Only the Valiant

Published 1951

Capt. Richard Lance (Gregory Peck) is unjustly held responsible, by his men and his girlfriend (Barbara Payton), for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway (Gig Young) is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison.
The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault.
Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive.

Run time 105 min.
Producer William Cagney
Production Company William Cagney Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: splue - - July 23, 2011
Subject: hmmmm
wont kno how 2 rate this until micahvssanity rates it----then i can do the xact opposite LOL
Reviewer: pocomarc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2011
Subject: Great movie.
There are few movies that have such continuous and sustained tension.

This was an excellent movie, packed good actors.

The section from where they arrived the abandoned fort to the end was terrific.

Very well put together movie.
Reviewer: horseoftroy - favorite - November 6, 2010
Subject: public domain
ask yourself this question: a movie with peck, bond, chaney, brand, and others is in the public domain. why?

tasteless sets, dissuading scenarios, mismatched personalities, hopelessly ill tempered morals, not to call in the entire question of ethics- which purports to be the rational behind the movie- and one winds up with perhaps the worst vehicle the stars will ever appear in.

and you thought reagan had to overcome obstacles in his career to become governor and then president? wow.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2010
Subject: This is a tough one to review
The movie itself is terrible - long, drawn-out and boring. The story is on the droll side, yet the acting and character relations/group dynamic are all outstanding and exemplary and make this movie a winner in my book.

If you like movies that are more thoughtful and full of opportunities for deep character analysis over ones that are just story based, you'll really like this one.

There are two kinds of movies, ones you see and ones you watch. You watch this one.
Reviewer: gbt43 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2009
Subject: a workman like creation of the west ala, hollywoods need to get a movie out the door
It's a bit stretched, and convultedm but it was a very satisfactory westen of it's type
Reviewer: Moongleam - favorite - March 17, 2009
Subject: Not enjoyable
Unrealistic, illogical, unbelievable, and laden with lame dialog and cardboard characters.

Why didn't they realize that if you don't have a decent script, everything you do is wasted?
Reviewer: bearpuf - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2009
Subject: Ah...
Gregory Peck lives up to his traditional righteous and honorable Caricature that we remember him for, and does the right thing no matter what. And it's equally satisfying to see Ward Bond and Lon Chaney doing their usual roles so well.
Michael Ansara, who plays the 'enemy Indian' in this movie, gave me my first positive impressions of the sensitivity and humanity of native Americans and injustice done to the Indian nation when I started watching him as Cochise in 'Broken Arrow' in the '50's. That was moral-making television.
So watching a so-so movie like this could be boring, as the plot line has been done over and over, but for me at least, it's like sipping hot chocolate during a snow storm.
Reviewer: quigs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2009
Subject: Only the great..
What can you say about a great film? Mr.Peck's performance is above par as the by the book soldier who does have a heart, Mr. Bond as the drunken but lovable Irish corporal, Mr. Chaney as the A-hab doing excellant work before being given those below average assignments in below average films that eventually cause his death(that and drink as well as criticism he never live to his Father's expectations)and Mr. Brand job as the bullying sargent in preparation for other roles to come (ie Stalag 17) and kudos to Mr. Young for his well done but brief role as the leutanant. This role was the first one that Mr. Peck did for Warner Brothers with Leut. Hornblower coming less than a year later. William Cagney(brother of James Cagney turn as producer was also exemptary as well.
A closing remark for Mr. Ansara's role as the Apache Chief. This was his first speaking role he had.
The first part he had was "a messanger" in MGM's Production of "Julius Caesar" Excellant film, story and cast. Not enough star for this film.
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